Toxicology: Entomology (PhD)
The Department of Entomology offers a wide range of courses and research programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Our goal is to support and encourage students who are preparing for a career as a scientist in a federal, state, or industrial laboratory or in an academic institution, by providing them with as broad a background as possible in the many facets of insect biology. Programs within our Department encompass all levels of biological organization from the molecular level to ecosystems. In addition to training in modern methodologies of classical entomology, the Department has special emphasis areas in Insect/Plant Interactions, Biological Control, and Molecular Entomology. We take great pride in the progress and development of our students and the high quality of their research and publications. If you are a perspective student, we encourage you to visit our Department and to meet with the faculty and graduate students, so that you can judge the Department and its excellent facilities for yourself.
The Department of Entomology offers graduate work leading to the professional MPPPM (Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management) degree, and the MS and PhD degrees. The MPPPM is a non-thesis degree requiring specified graduate level course work, two semesters of internship, plus selected graduate level electives. The MS and PhD are research degrees requiring course work plus original research leading to a thesis or dissertation. Students holding the baccalaureate degree are normally admitted at the MS level but may petition to bypass this degree and work towards the PhD after meeting specific departmental requirements. In addition to the faculty at the Athens campus, students may carry out research under the direction of faculty at the Griffin or Tifton campuses. Facilities and opportunities for studies on applied aspects of entomological problems and integrated pest management are emphasized at the stations. On the Athens campus, faculty joint staffed with the Departments of Ecology, Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences Division, the Museum of Natural History, and the interdisciplinary toxicology program enable students to earn a degree in entomology with training in related disciplines Facilities outside the department include electron transmission and scanning microscopes, cell sorter, monoclonal and sequencing labs, computer facilities, nine agricultural research farms, forest research areas, the Museum of Natural History, and the U.S.D.A., U.S.E.P.A., and Forestry laboratories. Particularly good library facilities in entomology are available at the Athens campus. Teaching and research assistantships are available from the department. Other financial aid is available through the Graduate School, but applications should be submitted to the Department of Entomology. Students without previous courses in entomology, genetics, or biochemistry may be required to make up deficiencies. The Department of Entomology offers an undergraduate program as well as graduate work leading to the professional MPPPM (Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management) degree, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The MPPPM is a non-thesis degree requiring specified graduate level course work, two semesters of internship, plus selected graduate level electives. The M.S. and Ph.D. are research degrees requiring course work plus original research leading to a thesis or dissertation.